Planning Permits

Planning Permits

The Benalla Planning Scheme sets out policies and controls for the use, development and protection of land within Benalla Rural City. It is a legal document containing State and Local planning policies, zones and overlays and other provisions that affect how land can be used and developed. The Benalla Planning Scheme governs whether a planning permit is required.

It’s important not to confuse planning permits with building permits. Building permits relate to the construction of a building or structure. You may need a planning permit prior to obtaining a building permit.

Planning permits are legal documents that give permission for the use or development of land in any way. Permits may be required in some areas to demolish existing buildings (in part or whole), to remove or trim vegetation (even if you planted it) and to use land or buildings for a new purpose (even when no construction is required).

Planning permits are required before you start work and before a building permit can be legally issued. 

Some of the most common reasons people require a planning permit include: 

  • constructing or altering a building of any kind
  • starting a new use on land (especially if it may create demand for car parking)
  • displaying a sign
  • subdividing land
  • clearing native vegetation from land

There are many other uses of land that may require a permit.

It is your responsibility to find out whether you require a planning permit. It’s a good idea to check with us to determine whether you’ll need a permit. We can deal with some simple questions on the phone; however we recommend you make an appointment to discuss more complex matters. We can help to guide you through the process and permit requirements. We can also offer advice about government policy guidelines that need to be considered for your development and supporting information you'll need for your permit.

Visit the online planning scheme maps to find out more information about planning requirements for your property. 

Please remember to download and save the forms to your computer before commencing your application. 

 Download a Planning Permit Application form(PDF, 457KB).

Download an Application to Amend a Planning Permit Application form(PDF, 470KB).

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